Biomolecular Dynamics

The information about structures of biological macromolecules is increasing at a remarkable rate, whereas the dynamics receives much less attention, although it is at least as important. The biomolecular dynamics group is using various relaxation techniques to characterize the dynamics of nucleic acids and of protein-nucleic acid interactions. Both chemical and physical relaxation processes are analyzed for characterization of structures and dynamics in solution; applications to complex biological macromolecules require improvements of the available techniques with respect to sensitivity and time resolution; electrooptical procedures have been developed into a quantitative approach for the analysis of complex macromolecular structures in solution. In close relation with this activity is the analysis of electric parameters of biological macromolecules and of processes induced by electric fields in biological systems, which provide a basis for understanding of bioelectric processes.

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